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•  NOAA Fisheries and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are requesting anglers’ help to gather information about the red snapper fishery in the South Atlantic. The recreational red snapper miniseason opens Friday through Sunday. Researchers and volunteers will fan out at marinas, docks and boat ramps asking questions about catches and collecting carcasses for study. For more information, visit myfwc.com/Research.

•  The Miami Beach Rowing Club will conduct “Learn to Row” programs Saturday at the club, 6500 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach. Fee is $195 per session. Visit rowmiamibeach.com or call 305-861-8876.

•  Help promote high school fishing in the fifth annual Spartan Fishing Tournament, a multi-species inshore and offshore contest Saturday at La Siesta Resort & Marina in Islamorada. Visit www.paceanglersclub.com.

•  Catch and release bonefish, tarpon and permit with a celebrity angler in the Robert James Sales SLAM Celebrity Tournament from Sept. 6-8 in Key West. Proceeds from the opening contest in the 2013 Redbone Trilogy benefit cystic fibrosis research. Entry fee is $3,500 for a two-angler team. Visit www.redbone.org or call 305-664-2002.

•  The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association will present the 13th annual “Day on the Bay” Tournament on Sept. 7. Anglers may fish Biscayne, Florida, or Whitewater bays. Entry fee is $70 for adults; $30 for juniors 15 and under. Call 305-248-1117.

•  El Capitan will host the first annual “Battle on the Bay” inshore fishing tournament Sept. 7 at the store, 14121 S. Dixie Highway, Miami. A captains’ meeting will be held Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society. For more information, call 305-467-9688 or visit www.battleonthebaytournament.com.

•  Catch and release redfish and snook for cash in the second annual Panther Baseball Alumni Club Fishing tournament Sept. 7 in Fort Myers Beach. Entry fee is $250 per boat with a maximum of three anglers. Boaters and waders are welcome. Call Chris Davison at 239-247-4161 or visit www.PantherBaseballAlumni.org.

•  The IGFA School of Sportfishing launches its fall 2013 session Sept. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with “Fundamentals of Sportfishing” taught by captain Tony DiGiulian. Future sessions cover snook/tarpon; live bait; daytime swordfishing; bottom fishing wrecks and reefs; targeting nearshore gamefish; wintertime wahoo and kite fishing techniques. Sessions cost $100 for IGFA members; $150 for non-members. Visit www.igfa.org or call Anthony Vedral at 954-924-4254.

•  REEF will host a lionfish derby Sept. 14 at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. A cash purse of $3,500 will be awarded. Entry fee is $120 for a team of up to four. A mandatory team meeting will be held Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies or call 305-852-0030.

•  Catch and release bonefish for fun and prizes in the Marathon International Bonefish Tournament Sept. 19-22. Anglers may fish from boats or shore. Entry fee is $225 for adult anglers; $125 for juniors. For more information, visit www.mibt59.com or call Barbara Hewlett at 305-304-8682.

•  Anglers may pursue seven species in the Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Fishing Championship from Sept. 20-22 in Islamorada. Headquarters is the Islander Resort, milemarker 82.1, U.S. 1. Eligible fish are black drum, redfish, bonefish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.. Entry fee is $450 for adult anglers; $400 for young adults age 17-25 and $325 for juniors aged 16 and younger. Visit www.hermanlucernememorial.com.

•  Television fishing show host George Poveromo will host the Mako Owners/Bass Pro Shops “Fishing Funament” from Sept. 19-22 in Islamorada. Owners of Mako boats and non-Mako owners who are Bass Pro Shops Rewards customers are invited. There are inshore, offshore and nearshore divisions. Entry fee is $50 per boat. For more information, visit www.funaments.com.

•  Catch and release bonefish and permit

•  Catch and release bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and redfish for trophies and prizes in the second annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Fishing Tournament from Nov. 8-10 in Islamorada. Entry fee is $2,000 per angler. For more information, call Julie Olsen at 305-517-4449 or email jolsen@cheeca.com.

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